Published: Sat, January 11, 2020
Medical | By Mark Scott

Flu season hit hard in Pennsylvania

Flu season hit hard in Pennsylvania

Local health officials are urging people to protect themselves from influenza, after the illness claimed two lives in the London area.

"The flu shot does not have live virus in it; you can not get sick from the flu shot", he said.

"Vaccination is the best protection against the flu, so we want people to know that it is still not too late to receive the influenza vaccine if they have not already done so", said Dr. Larry Givner, professor of pediatric infectious diseases at Wake Forest Baptist Health. Cough, sore threat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot now.

With the dreaded flu season upon us, local and national entities have information to help keep people informed about the risks and complications of the illness, as well as how to stay healthy.

Also, the head of New Mexico's largest Catholic diocese has issued directives aimed at protecting parishioners during flu season.

"If you are not able to attend the farm show, you can obtain your flu vaccine at your doctor's office, pharmacy, local walk-in clinic or grocery store".

If you catch symptoms early, you can talk to your doctor to get antiviral drugs to help moderate the illness and shorten the time you are sick.

"The flu is serious and can be deadly, which is why it is extremely important that Pennsylvanians are receiving their flu vaccine now", said Dr. Levine.

The Florida Department of Health says flu activity in Leon County has increased in the last few weeks and are strongly encouraging everyone to get the flu vaccine.

This particular strain of viruses is hard on children and people younger than 50 years old.

Baptist Health is asking visitors to use caution and to not visit the hospital if they have flu symptoms.

OSDH report shows the number of new and previously reported hospitalizations with testing between September 1, 2019 - December 28, 2019 are 461.

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